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Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS)

What is U-M Science, Technology & Society?

Science, Technology, and Society is a vibrant, interdisciplinary field that addresses some of the most urgent challenges of modern life: How do diverse communities establish the truth? Why do experts disagree? How can we govern emerging technologies, from AI to genomics to climate mitigation, for a more equitable future?

The U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program promotes interdisciplinary education and scholarship on the social dynamics of scientific knowledge, technological change, and medical research and practice. With faculty and students from schools and departments across campus, U-M STS is distinguished by intellectual breadth and depth.

Why Study STS?

Are you interested in the relationship between knowledge and power? Do you want to know more about how science and technology are enmeshed with society and politics? Do you find yourself asking questions about science, technology, medicine, and society that transcend the boundaries of time, place, and discipline? Do you want to know how you can help shape our technoscientific and social future?

U-M STS offers an undergraduate minor, graduate certificate, and public events. Explore our website to see how U-M STS can deepen your command of the complex relationships between science, technology, medicine, and society—in the past and today. 


Recent Scholarship by STS Faculty and Students

Recent Books by STS Faculty

Image credits: 1) 1940 Card Puncher, National Archives at College Park, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; 2) NASA Astronaut at the International Space Station, NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; 3) Nikola Tesla, 1899, Photographer: Dickenson V. Alley, Restored by Lošmi, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons; 4) Dinophytic microalga isolated from sediments of the Amur Bay, Irina Moroz micro, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, STS needs your support.